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Freeciv v2.5.6

lintalist on 23 Nov 2016
  • 118MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 19 Nov 2016
  • Suggested by Sam Collett

Freeciv is a single or multiplayer, turn-based strategy game modeled after Civilization™. In this game, each player leads a civilization and fights to become the greatest in the world. You can play with the computer or with other players over the network.

The program is cross-platform with support for Mac, Linux, BSD, Solaris, and many more.

Alternatively, Freeciv Portable is also available.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract using 7-Zip Portable to a folder of your choice
  2. Delete $PLUGINSDIR
  3. Move all subfolders contained in $_OUTDIR to the root folder, then delete $_OUTDIR
  4. Launch freeciv-mp-gtk2.cmd, freeciv-gtk2.cmd or freeciv-server.cmd
For info on playing the game, read the Introduction
What's new? See http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/NEWS-2.5.4, http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/NEWS-2.5.5 and http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/NEWS-2.5.6
Latest comments
webfork on 2011-05-23 18:54

link: thanks, updated

SYSTEM on 2011-12-16 09:00

Apparently UniExtract got into an infinite loop when I tried to extract the installer. I have edited the instructions a bit.

lintalist on 2015-04-27 12:36

For v2.5.0: I don't think civclient.exe is present anymore and it should now be freeciv-gtk2.cmd or freeciv-gtk2.exe which would start the game.

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Battle for Wesnoth v1.12.5

SYSTEM on 29 Nov 2015
  • 490MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Nov 2015
  • Suggested by Sam Collett

Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based strategy game with a fantasy theme. Build up a great army, gradually turning raw recruits into hardened veterans. In later games, recall your toughest warriors and form a deadly host against whom none can stand! Choose units from a large pool of specialists, and hand-pick a force with the right strengths to fight well on different terrains against all manner of opposition.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to the default folder
  2. During installation, select "Store userdata in the install location"
  3. After install, copy all files to a folder of your choice
  4. Uninstall the application
  5. Launch wesnoth.exe
What's new? Version 1.12.1:
  • Campaigns:
    • Heir to the Throne:
      • Tweaked and expanded music playlists for all scenarios.
      • Hide unit variations that should not be listed in the help browser.
    • Liberty:
      • Fixed possibility of no viable routes around guards in 'Hide and Seek'.
    • The Rise of Wesnoth:
      • Hide unit variations that should not be listed in the help browser.
    • Under the Burning Suns:
      • Hide unit variations that should not be listed in the help browser.
  • Help browser:
    • Unit types that do not include any visible (hide_help=no) variations no longer generate topic sections.
  • Language and i18n:
    • Updated translations: French, Portuguese, Russian, Scottish Gaelic, Slovak, Spanish.
  • Multiplayer:
    • Fixed the Set Password option during game creation not having an effect due to a misplaced WML attribute in the client's command for the server (bug #23015).
  • Units:
    • Assigned capitalized translatable names to Walking Corpse and Soulless variations (bug #22902).
  • Miscellaneous and bug fixes:
    • Fixed hotkeys for changing tips in titlescreen.
    • Disallowed toggling Delayed Shroud Updates when not the player's turn as it causes OOS.

Version 1.12.2:
  • Security fixes:
    • Fixed arbitrary file read by WML/Lua API (CVE-2015-0844, bug #23440).
  • Campaigns:
    • Use the new bigmaps for A Tale of Two Brothers, Delfadors Memoirs, The Hammer of Thursagan, Northern Rebirth and the epilogue of Legend of Wesmere.
  • Language and i18n:
    • Updated translations: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Galician, German, Polish, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish.
  • Miscellaneous and bug fixes:
    • Fix OOS when undoing after deactivating delayed shroud updates.
    • Eliminate local carryover info retained by clients when transitioning in MP campaigns, which seems to cause OOS and wrong carryover gold (bug #22936).
    • Fix bug #23454: gamestate carryover issues with randomly-generated maps.

Version 1.12.3:
  • Security fixes:
    • Disallowed inclusion of .pbl files from WML (CVE-2015-5069, bug #23504).
  • Editor:
    • Fixed memory corruption bug in the Side Setup dialog.
  • Language and i18n:
    • Updated translations: Chinese (Simplified), Galician, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish.
  • Multiplayer:
    • A New Land:
      • Removed the ability to select individual factions when using map settings as this breaks player recruit lists (bug #23593).
    • Removed the Silver Mage from the available leaders for the Rebels faction in Age of Heroes.
    • Fixed "Accept whispers from friends only" not working with the default lobby UI, and added a warning every 5 minutes for individual rejected senders.
  • User interface:
    • Fixed minimap buttons appearing without contents or in the wrong state during WML start events until they are interacted with or control is given to the player for the first time or some other unspecified thing happens.
    • Fixed unit bars, ellipses, and orbs disappearing for individual units in replay mode when using Skip Animations/Quick Replays if they moved without attacking or otherwise switching to a new animation.
    • Chat Log dialog now starts on the last log page when there are multiple pages.
  • Miscellaneous and bug fixes:

Version 1.12.4:
  • Security fixes:
    • Disallowed WML inclusion of .pbl files with a non-lowercase extension too
      (CVE-2015-5070, bug #23504).

Version 1.12.5:
  • Campaigns:
    • Eastern Invasion:
      • Fixed scenario events not working right on easy difficulty in 'Captured'.
    • Legend of Wesmere
      • Fixed carryover bugs in scenarios 5-12. (units missing from carryover, units appearing twice on map...)
  • Language and i18n:
    • Updated translations: British English, French, Hungarian, Japanese, Latvian, Polish, Portuguese, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish.
    • Fixed crashes during start-up on Windows resulting from add-ons containing erroneous textdomain declarations (bug #23839).
  • User interface:
    • Force uniform font rendering settings across X11 and Apple OS X, avoiding color glitches resulting from incorrect applications of subpixel hinting (bug #20337).
  • Miscellaneous and bug fixes:
    • Fixed OOS on random maps, where clients placed sides in different castles.
    • Fixed broken Oasis terrain help entry (bug #23023)
    • Fixed cases of wrong unit type used in planning moves (bug #20299)
    • Avoid crash when planning moves on planned recruits (bug #18637)
Latest comments
padd on 2011-02-15 04:16

Most portable apps are already portable programs packaged with unnecessary junk files and a splash screen, there's a few exceptions of course.

darkest on 2012-02-24 18:06

btw nowadays wesnoth is at 1.10.- instead of 1.8 so the information is invalid.

darkest on 2012-02-24 18:07

revering to the version number, that is. (sorry for double-posting)

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Project Invincible v2.10

webfork on 6 Sep 2015
  • 7MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by SYSTEM

Project Invincible is a chess game with a highly configurable artificial intelligence, as well as 3D graphics, animations, reflections and unlimited undo.

Cross-platform (Linux) and a PortableApps version is also available (thanks Gemini).

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Project Invincible.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: NagaSkaki, Pawn, Slow Chess Blitz
What's new?
  • Dropped support for old GNU/Linux distributions.
  • All processor architectures are supported again.
  • Added detection for all draw conditions:
  • threefold repetition
  • insufficient material
  • fifty-move rule
  • stalemate was already detected
  • Added undo and redo.
  • Added options to change piece colors.
  • Added an option to make knights face sideways.
  • Added support for the XBoard protocol commands "?", "undo" and "remove".
  • Now changed settings are applied instantly even when the engine is thinking.
  • Now the status labels indicate if the game has ended and the reason, if any.
  • Now the engine can use results from partial searches.
  • Significantly improved engine performance.
  • Improved exit time when the engine is thinking.
  • Added repaints to fix some cases where nothing seems to happen until you move the mouse.
  • In XBoard mode, now Project Invincible stops thinking when it receives the command "new", "force", "white", "black" or "result".
  • Improved responsiveness in XBoard mode when a process with higher priority has high CPU usage.
  • When the engine finds that it can be mated no matter what, now it makes the move that leads to the slowest mate. Previously it made a random legal move.
  • Improved startup time in XBoard mode.
  • In XBoard mode, now Project Invincible rejects clearly invalid positions.
  • Fixed a deadlock when changing the number of threads when the engine is thinking.
  • Fixed: the process didn't terminate if you attempted to exit the game when the game showed a dialog that asked something.
  • Fixed an use-after-free on exit if a dialog that asks something has been shown.
  • Fixed theoretical race conditions.
  • Fixed minor memory leaks.
  • Windows: fixed crash on exit with QeffectsGL.
  • Unix: fixed an error message on exit with the closed source "fglrx" AMD graphics drivers.
  • Unix: improved performance by enabling more compiler optimizations.
  • Unix: made the binary smaller by stripping information that you don't need to run Project Invincible.
  • Unix: when Project Invincible is installed, now it stores its settings in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME or $HOME/.config as required by the XDG Base Directory Specification.
  • Minor changes.
Latest comments
SYSTEM on 2012-12-15 09:16

@Magibon: version 2.00 has mouse controls. :)

Lyon11111 on 2013-03-16 12:52

I like it very much. Thanks for providing it for free.

Gemini Apollo Gomez on 2013-03-26 17:22

Alternatively, Project Invincible Portable
http://portableapps.com/apps/games/project-invincible-portable
is another portable version.

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Pawn v4.01

webfork on 30 Oct 2016

Pawn is a simple chess program with a simple interface and a beginner-friendly engine.

Note: Main site offline, mirror provided. Additionally, old games from previous Pawn versions cannot be loaded due to format changes.

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Requires DirectX 9 or better on your system and a screen resolution of at least 1024x768.
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Pawn.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: NagaSkaki, Project Invincible, Slow Chess Blitz
What's new? http://pawn.sitesled.com/html/history.html
Latest comments
name on 2010-03-05 20:45

new version out

Loner on 2012-04-04 01:22

I don't know how to play chess, and thought this game would help me learn because it said its "more suited for beginners". I even selected "Novice" in the game choice, and each game went so fast, I was Checkmated before I knew what hit me. I'm sure this is not a game for beginners like me with no knowledge of the game, but its misleading to say its "more suited for beginners". It should say for beginners with some knowledge of the game.

Just wanted to warn anyone who might be a beginner like me and might want to download the game.

Emka on 2013-12-16 13:59

link broken

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TurboRisk v2.0.5

webfork on 27 Mar 2016

TurboRisk is the classic game of world domination on your computer. Choose one of four playing maps and compete for global supremacy against up to nine computer opponents. Tools to create your own maps and AI players are included.

Category:
System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch TurboRisk.exe.
What's new? The Update Manager now has a "News" section, which informs the user about the changes in the programs, TRPs and maps.
The Help menu has an item to go to the Google group about TurboRisk.
Latest comments
Nh on 2011-11-05 06:17

For years I have been playing this game. Very simple and enticing game.

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